Things To Do In Carterton

You'll find plenty of things to do in Carterton - a town full of character! Browse vintage stores and artists' studios, go on a garden tour or bush walk, then catch a show at the Events Centre.

 

he nearby Waiohine Gorge takes you over the world's longest swing-bridge - you can stare down past your feet to the river far below! - to walking tracks, peaceful picnic spots and river swimming holes. - See more at: http://dw.stage.net.nz/about-wairarapa/towns/carterton#sthash.gjcoPCCH.dpuf
he nearby Waiohine Gorge takes you over the world's longest swing-bridge - you can stare down past your feet to the river far below! - to walking tracks, peaceful picnic spots and river swimming holes. - See more at: http://dw.stage.net.nz/about-wairarapa/towns/carterton#sthash.gjcoPCCH.dpuf
he nearby Waiohine Gorge takes you over the world's longest swing-bridge - you can stare down past your feet to the river far below! - to walking tracks, peaceful picnic spots and river swimming holes. - See more at: http://dw.stage.net.nz/about-wairarapa/towns/carterton#sthash.gjcoPCCH.dpuf

Farms

The Wairarapa A&P Show is held every Spring at the Clareville Showgrounds just outside of Carterton. Livestock, equestrian, farm machinery and wood choppers all have their day in the sun at this fantastic family event.
Every year in January, Lavender Abbey hold popular "Pick Your Own Lavender" days at their property in Carterton. In 2020 you can pick your own bunch of gorgeous lavender from 4-5 January, and possibly the following weekend as well, depending on the stage of flowering.  

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Green Jersey has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!
The Carterton Mountain Biking Track is a great free place to ride a bike in the Wairarapa. Suitable for the whole family and only fifteen minutes from Masterton.

Walking & Trekking

Just outside of Carterton Fensham reserve is large loop track that takes you through towering native trees and it's one of the best walks in the Wairarapa for families.
Follow the boardwalk through a recovering wetland and remnant of flooded forest at Carters Reserve just outside on Carterton.
The Mt Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit is a two to three day tramp to some of the best alpine tops travel in the Tararua Forest Park. The bush tracks are all well marked and signposted and streams are bridged.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Waiohine River has carved out a spectacular gorge, bisecting the landscape and setting an attractive backdrop. The suspension bridge spanning the gorge forms a spectacular gateway to the Tararua Forest Park.
Totara Flats Hut is in a beautiful setting at the confluence of the Waiohine River and Totara Creek. At one end of the tramp the track crosses the Waiohine Gorge suspension bridge, the largest of its kind in New Zealand.
Mount Holdsworth is the main entrance to the eastern side of the Tararua Forest Park. With some of the highest peaks in the Tararua Range, Holdsworth offers short walks and longer tramps through forest and into the alpine environment.
One of the most popular day trips in the park is the climb to Mountain House Shelter along the easy grade of the Gentle Annie Track.
Holdsworth is the main entrance to the eastern side of the Tararua Forest Park. Set against the backdrop of some of the highest peaks in the Tararua Range, Holdsworth offers short walks and longer tramps through attractive forest and higher up into the alpine environment.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.

Golf

The Carterton Golf Course has 18 holes to par 7. For a change from the norm they also have FootGolf!

Museums

For millennia people have gazed in awe at Stonehenge and other great stone circles, often totally unaware of how these structures were used. Now a full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge has been built right here in Aotearoa, allowing all New Zealanders to experience the wonders of stone circles for themselves. Situated in the Wairarapa countryside, a short distance from Wellington, Stonehenge Aotearoa is a window into the past where the visitor can rediscover the knowledge of their ancestors.
This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s towns and villages on a scenic tour of the region. The itinerary is best done over a couple of days but you could squeeze it in with a busy day.
Wairarapa Heritage Association is a trail of Wairarapa museums running from Featherston to Mount Bruce. Check out some of the fabulous places you can visit!

Art

No.23 Gallery is a friendly, community space for local artists to exhibit and sell their work
Heart of Arts, based in Carterton is a unique arts, culture and heritage hub showcasing local artists.

Adventure

The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.

Conferences

The Carterton Events Centre is the most modern and largest non-pillared, flat floor space in the Wairarapa. Full staging and raked seating options, this blank canvas is yours.

Cycling

Green Jersey has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!

Family

The Wairarapa A&P Show is held every Spring at the Clareville Showgrounds just outside of Carterton. Livestock, equestrian, farm machinery and wood choppers all have their day in the sun at this fantastic family event.
The Waiohine River has carved out a spectacular gorge, bisecting the landscape and setting an attractive backdrop. The suspension bridge spanning the gorge forms a spectacular gateway to the Tararua Forest Park.
Every year in January, Lavender Abbey hold popular "Pick Your Own Lavender" days at their property in Carterton. In 2020 you can pick your own bunch of gorgeous lavender from 4-5 January, and possibly the following weekend as well, depending on the stage of flowering.  
Catch the steam train, pick daffodils at Middle Run and enjoy the Carterton street market as part of the town's fun-filled daffodil festival.

Free and nearly free

Every year in January, Lavender Abbey hold popular "Pick Your Own Lavender" days at their property in Carterton. In 2020 you can pick your own bunch of gorgeous lavender from 4-5 January, and possibly the following weekend as well, depending on the stage of flowering.  
This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s towns and villages on a scenic tour of the region. The itinerary is best done over a couple of days but you could squeeze it in with a busy day.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.

Hunting

The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.

Gardens

Every year in January, Lavender Abbey hold popular "Pick Your Own Lavender" days at their property in Carterton. In 2020 you can pick your own bunch of gorgeous lavender from 4-5 January, and possibly the following weekend as well, depending on the stage of flowering.  

Shopping

Paua World is a great place to shop in Carterton. Filled with all your kiwi souvenirs, most incorporating the beautiful paua shell, take some time out and delve into this fun and creative gift store.

Tours and Transport

The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
For millennia people have gazed in awe at Stonehenge and other great stone circles, often totally unaware of how these structures were used. Now a full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge has been built right here in Aotearoa, allowing all New Zealanders to experience the wonders of stone circles for themselves. Situated in the Wairarapa countryside, a short distance from Wellington, Stonehenge Aotearoa is a window into the past where the visitor can rediscover the knowledge of their ancestors.
Green Jersey has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!

Wine

Regent 58 Ale House is one of Carterton's little gems. Down an alleyway just off the main street, it's the perfect place to enjoy a pint of craft beer with friends, and chat to brewers Gary and Brent.

Walks

Just outside of Carterton Fensham reserve is large loop track that takes you through towering native trees and it's one of the best walks in the Wairarapa for families.
Follow the boardwalk through a recovering wetland and remnant of flooded forest at Carters Reserve just outside on Carterton.
The Mt Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit is a two to three day tramp to some of the best alpine tops travel in the Tararua Forest Park. The bush tracks are all well marked and signposted and streams are bridged.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Waiohine River has carved out a spectacular gorge, bisecting the landscape and setting an attractive backdrop. The suspension bridge spanning the gorge forms a spectacular gateway to the Tararua Forest Park.
Totara Flats Hut is in a beautiful setting at the confluence of the Waiohine River and Totara Creek. At one end of the tramp the track crosses the Waiohine Gorge suspension bridge, the largest of its kind in New Zealand.
One of the most popular day trips in the park is the climb to Mountain House Shelter along the easy grade of the Gentle Annie Track.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.

Weddings

Celebrate your wedding day at the Carterton Events Centre. There are a range of venue options to suit you and your guests.

Flight

The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.

Cafes and Restaurants

The Gladstone Inn, also known as the Gladdy or the Gladstone Pub is just ten minutes from Carterton in the Wairarapa and is a great place to eat! The Gladdy is family friendly and has outdoor dining options.
Sitting on the edge of Carterton, The Clareville Bakery, a real European style cafe, produces beautiful pastries, pies, breads and desserts, all made in-house with only natural ingredients.

Tours

Green Jersey has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
For millennia people have gazed in awe at Stonehenge and other great stone circles, often totally unaware of how these structures were used. Now a full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge has been built right here in Aotearoa, allowing all New Zealanders to experience the wonders of stone circles for themselves. Situated in the Wairarapa countryside, a short distance from Wellington, Stonehenge Aotearoa is a window into the past where the visitor can rediscover the knowledge of their ancestors.

Scenic Attractions

The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.